Till the Storm Passes By
I have a question to which, perhaps, a reader will know the answer. Was Greater Vision’s live rendition of “Till the Storm Passes By” recorded on the evening of September 11, 2001?
Greater Vision has typically had a Tuesday evening appearance in recent years. Did they in 2001, and was the song recorded then?
Gerald Wolfe has a reputation for being a master at reading an audience and timing his jokes and placing his songs perfectly. This must have been no exception.
The song keeps building until the second verse. When he sings the line “But I know Thou art with me, and in the morrow I’ll arise,” he hits the last words of the phrase with a fervor and a voice quality that builds the emotional intensity as high as you would think it can go. But then, with the phrase “Where the storm never darkens the sky,” the intensity goes past the bursting point, and the audience responds with what had to have been a standing ovation.
Greater Vision has had other great live moments, among which we find “Soon We Shall See” and “He’d Still Been God.” But their name has never been found on a more compelling “moment” captured on a live project. If it was indeed recorded on September 11, 2001, that would have to go down as one of the all-time most timely performances in Southern Gospel music.